Gardeners are as unique as their caretakers. Tammy and Annette learn the inspiration and evolution of a couple of very different gardens, each a reflection of their surroundings. Jeff Poppen explains how hops are grown, and in this instance, harvested for a special run of Bells Bend Preservation Ale. Donna Priester features the Franklin Special School District’s summer MAC program that teaches children about vegetable production.
Jeff’s segment was produced in affiliation with:
Donna’s segment was produced in association with the Williamson County Public Health Dept. Public Relations is Cathy Montgomery at 615.465.5350
We’ll see why raised beds are the preferred set-up for a backyard vegetable grower who could supply enough tomatoes and squash to feed the whole county, according to his wife. Amending the soil, weeding and crop rotation are manageable tasks. We’ll profile some sparkling shade garden selections from Munchkin Nursery. We also get some design inspiration for the display gardens at the 2013 Antiques and Garden show. Sheri Gramer sets the perfect table with a collection of interesting fronds, branches and stems from the garden.
Phillip’s segment was taped at Munchkin Nursery
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Find Mr. Tate’s recipes for Beet Blackberry Jelly, Yellow Squash jam and Green Tomato and Strawberry Jam by going to Recipes/Condiments
Andy Sudbrock learns how to have cohesiveness and functionality in a large backyard with good design techniques. Troy Marden is in the workshop of a concrete artisan to learn the process involved for a unique bird bath. Tammy Algood is stirring it up in the kitchen with Mashed Potato Patties.
Troy’s segment was with Sherri Warner Hunter of SWH Art Studio, Inc.
Annette Shrader tours the trails of a mature garden that had its roots planted in the 1930s. First established by a prominent Knoxville businessman, the Ivan Racheff House and Gardens is now enjoyed by many as it was bequeathed to the Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs in 1970. Marty DeHart discusses the requirements for a bountiful and healthy peach crop in Tennessee. Troy Marden showcases some cold hardy camellias that will perform well in our climate zone. Jeff Poppen shares advice for beginning vegetable farmers.
Racheff House and Gardens
Troy’s segment was taped at Moore and Moore Garden Center
Marty’s segment was taped at the Fruit & Berry Patch in Halls Crossroads, TN. The UT Agriculture Extension Agent noted several peach tree varieties for Tennessee: Contender, Carolina Gold, Intrepid, Nectar and China Pearl. Note: Nectar and China Pearl have white flesh. Reliable retail mail order companies mentioned were Millers and Starks.
On this episode, we’ll show you a way to have home-grown vegetables and herbs despite a lack of good soil or garden space. Straw bale gardening is simply container gardening that allows plants to thrive even while sitting on concrete. Jeff Poppen demonstrates how to double dig a bed for successful root crops. Troy Marden visits his vegetable garden in late spring to check yields. Marty DeHart demonstrates how to stratify seeds for perennial propagation. Julie Berbiglia highlights good vegetables for beginning urban gardeners to try like tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, okra. For a step-up, try growing eggplant and strawberries.
Straw Bale Gardening
Keep the straps on the straw bale and they should be wrapping around the sides when you put the bale into place, with cut side of straw facing up. As soon as purchasing the bales, start watering thoroughly and keeping damp. The trick to successful bale gardening is never letting the bale get dry.
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